Posted in hiphop | music | pictures on August 31, 2010

photos by Brook Bobbins

Lauryn Hill

Okay, so everyone advertised did perform. But it sure was a nail-biter. Lauryn Hill, the eccentric erstwhile Fugee who has mostly stayed out of sight since her lone solo album, 1998's still-scintillating R&B masterpiece "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was clearly the lineup's chief curiosity. When it comes to her behavior over the past decade there's been no rumor too bizarre to believe. Sunday's rumor was a doozy, and it was true -- she really was three hours late to the stage because she was getting a manicure-pedicure. Suddenly, the attempt by her former band mate Wyclef Jean to become president of Haiti doesn't seem quite so self-centered.

As her 4:30 start time approached, the elaborate stage plot was ready to go. And then . . . nothing. A 10-minute wait became a half-hour, which became a full hour. Scattered heckles became heavy boos as the stage was broken down at 5:30... Her toenails apparently dry, Lauryn Hill [finally performed later], but she probably shouldn't have bothered. The performance was a messy rush through highlights from "Miseducation," but they were hardly recognizable due to her hoarse voice, speedy delivery and clunky, overstuffed arrangements. Hill wasn't lacking for energy, just focus. The feedback on her microphone was ear-splitting; special guest Nas came out for a 45-second cameo, and his microphone wasn't working for half of it. After 20 minutes she departed to an equal mix of cheers and boos, seemingly oblivious as to why anyone might be upset.

...As headliner Snoop Dogg's stage props were assembled -- that would be a large video screen and a park bench covered in 40s in brown paper bags -- and the clock began ticking toward the venue's 11 p.m. curfew, the chatter started again. As a general rule of thumb, chatter at hip-hop shows is not a good thing. Where's Snoop? He was in New York performing at a Michael Jackson tribute show earlier in the day and at 10:45 p.m. was nowhere to be seen. Boos, again.

He did finally emerge, wearing what seemed to be your grandmother's old kitchen tablecloth and performed a truncated version of his iconic gangsta rap album "Doggystyle."... He mostly stayed true to character, never smiling -- maybe he was too focused reading his lyrics off teleprompters -- but his listless performance gave off the vibe that he'd rather be somewhere else. Like, New York. Snoop drawled over the atomic G-funk of "What's My Name?" as the house lights went on -- the venue's not-so-subtle way of saying, "It's time for you to go now." It's hard to think Snoop minded too much. -[Washington Post]

I was wondering if Snoop's afternoon appearance in Prospect Park was really a good idea. There were significantly less complaints from the Rock the Bells show that happened one day earlier on Governors Island in NYC. Lauryn was only 30 minutes late.

Pictures from Rock the Bells NYC HERE, HERE, and a third set continued (we don't have pictures from DC), below...

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

DJ Premier

DJ Premier

DJ Premier

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

Slick Rick

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rakim

Rakim

Rakim

Rakim

Rakim

Rakim

Rakim

Rakim

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Brother Ali

Brother Ali

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

KRS-One

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Dres of Black Sheep

Dres

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Rock The Bells

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

MURS

MURS

Yelawolf

Yelawolf

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

More pictures HERE and HERE

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Comments (30)

If anyone has ever been to any rap shows, you know they tend to run late.

But Ms. Lauryn Hill, pedicure before you go on stage? Come on, no ones looking at your feet sweet heart......

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:06 AM

I didn't see what RZA was holding from where I was standing but from the picture, I can see delicious looking liquor....anyone care to comment what that is?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:08 AM

Rap concerts are the worst..I went to a few and have yet to be impresse by a rap acts live show. I am waiting to be proved wrong..who is worth seeing live in todays rap field?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:08 AM

why is Raekwon so fat if he does so much coke?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:14 AM

Why do people bother with rap shows. It's the same thing every time. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice ....

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:14 AM

Patron?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:16 AM

Wait a minute - performers showing up late or not at all to a rap concert and then half-assed running through a medley of songs? You must be kidding. That has never happened in the history of rap.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:19 AM

Is anyone else excited for Bieber tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:19 AM

Sounds like every other rap "concert" I've ever been to...

Posted by Nick | August 31, 2010 10:22 AM

Lauren Hill's wig is sweet too. There is a man-woman who sings on the R train better than her. "If you want my body and you think I'm sexy, come on sugar...let me know! Sorry sweetheart, thank you sweetheart."

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:29 AM

those are some horrendous pictures of Ms. Hill

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:34 AM

RZA must be shilling for Patron now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:54 AM

This was my 4th Rock the Bells. The set times are always to the MINUTE.
Yeah, other shows the performers always come on an hour late (or more) but not RTB.
Lauryn was the biggest disappointment. Broke my heart.

Posted by juliet gomez | August 31, 2010 11:02 AM

Damn, I like Ms. Hill but she kinds looks likes the Montauk Monster these days. Um, um, um....such a shame thinking about what a blossoming career she once had.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 11:03 AM

The decent price and irresistible line-up almost makes up for it, but Rock the Bells is a giant rip-off. A big part of your day is spent waiting for the next act (between 30 mins to the full hour), which is always cut short to prep the stage for the next abbreviated performance. On top of that, it is stupid hot, so audience members fork over their gas bill for beer while waiting. When I attended a few years ago in Miami, Tribe's performance was cut short at quarter 'til midnight, the curfew.
I want my two dollars.

Posted by bonemeaux | August 31, 2010 11:04 AM

Funny how MS. Hill hasn't put out much music since she settled that lawsuit for stealing the credit for said music.

The kind of chick that would do something like that would wear a hat over a wig. PEACE.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 11:07 AM

that wig, that wig, that wiiiiiiiiig

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 11:26 AM

Lauren, girlfriend....wtf are you thinking with that wig and outfit. Shame how she used to be so beautiful and talented....Arnold Diaz from Fox Five News should do a "Shame Shame Shame" story on Ms. Hill.

Posted by guuuurrrrllll | August 31, 2010 11:30 AM

Why do they all have have to wear such big chains around their necks? I would think if there was ever a people that would want to avoid being in chains again....just sayin'...

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 11:32 AM

Hey Lauren, lay of the jumbalaya rocks. Gracias.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 11:34 AM

Crack Rock The Bells

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 11:42 AM

"Rap concerts are the worst..I went to a few and have yet to be impresse by a rap acts live show. I am waiting to be proved wrong..who is worth seeing live in todays rap field?"

P.O.S. - the guy's insane.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 11:55 AM

Thanks 11:55 will check him out..

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:08 PM

"Rap concerts are the worst..I went to a few and have yet to be impresse by a rap acts live show. I am waiting to be proved wrong..who is worth seeing live in todays rap field?"

the roots. and forget rap.. they're the best live act period. yeah i said it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:19 PM

35 year old white dudes were bummed?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:30 PM

lol.......i guess the rap / R&B community is keepin it real.

Posted by blag | August 31, 2010 1:12 PM

I went to Rock the Bells DC. Yes it was very poorly run.

But as a Tribe fan, i left the show extremely happy. They were incredible.

Posted by Jesse | August 31, 2010 1:14 PM

The Cleveland Indians were there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 1:46 PM

Well DC fucking blows, so no wonder why Rock the bells DC sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 2:47 PM

nas and marley put on a great show. also big bois new albulm is dope and will be seein him listen to mf doom and mad libs thts where its at. and if u listen to lil faggat ass wayne tht aint rap its pop and blackroc is also great

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 4:14 PM

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